The Legacy of John Biggers

The University Museum Collections 

Dr. John Biggers, world-renowned artist, established the Art Department at Texas Southern University in 1949. One of his major goals for the University was to develop a collection of traditional African Art. Such a collection would enable the students at Texas Southern to develop a "perceptional growth" and cultural sensitivity to African Art. Through Dr. Biggers's initiative, the University has developed several collections that spark educational curiosity and artistic inspiration.

Works include murals, sculpture, 3D Art, paintings, photographs and more.

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15. Ichthus by Kermit Oliver
15. Ichthus by Kermit Oliver

Ichthus Kermit Oliver

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17. Mural by Jesse Sifuentes
17. Mural by Jesse Sifuentes

Mural by Jesse Sifuentes

18. Earth and Fire
18. Earth and Fire

Earth and Fire by Roy Vinson Thomas,1970

19. Silk Soul
19. Silk Soul

Silk Soul by Robert Pruitt

20. Bantu Electric Bougueroo
20. Bantu Electric Bougueroo

Bantu Electric Bougueroo by Prinston Nnanna

21. Unknown Title, LaStarsha Dixon
21. Unknown Title, LaStarsha Dixon

Unknown Title by Lastarsha Dixon McGarity

22. A Triple Middle Passage
22. A Triple Middle Passage

A Triple Middle Passage by Harvey Johnson

23. We’ll Wait for You
23. We’ll Wait for You

We’ll Wait for You by Jamal Cyrus

24. Unknown Title, Sculpture
24. Unknown Title, Sculpture

Unknown Title, Sculpture by Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton

25. NUBIA
25. NUBIA

Nubia by John Biggers and Harvey Johnson

26. Web of Life
26. Web of Life

Web of Life by John Biggers.

27. Three Kings
27. Three Kings

Three Kings by John Biggers

28. Ghana Dancers
28. Ghana Dancers

Ghana Dancer by John Biggers

29. Family Circle
29. Family Circle

Family Circle by John Biggers

30. Ghana Harvet Festival
30. Ghana Harvet Festival

Ghana Harvest Festival by John Biggers

31. Cotton Pickers
31. Cotton Pickers

Cotton Pickers by John Biggers

32. Black Family
32. Black Family

Black Family by John Biggers

33. Starry Crown
33. Starry Crown

Starry Crown by John Biggers

34. Farmers
34. Farmers

Framers by John Biggers

35. Family Ark
35. Family Ark

Family Ark by John Biggers

36. Untitled by John Biggers
36. Untitled by John Biggers

This untitled by John Biggers - shows three generations of Southern black families emerging from a pool of water, a reference to both ritual purification and the primordial beginnings of life. Flanked by monumental female figures — symbolic perhaps of maternal Africa — this community stands together facing the dawn.

37. Birth from the Sea
37. Birth from the Sea

Birth from the Sea by John Biggers

38. The Contribution of Negro Women
38. The Contribution of Negro Women

The Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education byJohn Biggers

39. Shotguns of 1987 by John Biggers
39. Shotguns of 1987 by John Biggers

Shotguns of 1987 by John Biggers

40. Tree House by John Biggers
40. Tree House by John Biggers

Tree House by John Biggers

41. Priests Before A Shrine
41. Priests Before A Shrine

Priests Before A Shrine by John Biggers

42. House of Turtle
42. House of Turtle

House of Turtle by John Biggers

43. Band of Angels
43. Band of Angels

Band of Angels by John Biggers

44. Kumasi Market
44. Kumasi Market

Kumasi Market by John Biggers

45. Metamorphosis Bith and Rebirth
45. Metamorphosis Bith and Rebirth

Metamorphosis, Birth and rebirth by John Biggers, 1974

46. Unknown Title
46. Unknown Title

Unknown Title by John Biggers